CACHE Level 4 Certificate for the Advanced Practitioner in Schools and Colleges


CACHE Level 4 Certificate for the Advanced Practitioner in Schools and Colleges

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Enrol for a CACHE level 4 teaching assistant course with the Online Learning College to enhance your skills and knowledge. This CACHE Level 4 Certificate for the Advanced Practitioner in Schools and Colleges course is perfect if you are already working in education and looking to complete a higher level qualification that helps you to stand out from the crowd. By completing a level 4 course you will be taking a further step up as a teaching assistant and will be able to apply for more senior roles.

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About this Course

The CACHE Level 4 Certificate for the Advanced Practitioner in Schools and Colleges is the perfect course for existing level 3 practitioners to progress in their career. This teaching assistant course is highly recognised and comes with CACHE certification which is instantly recognisable as a mark of quality in education. Throughout the course students will encounter a number of written and practical tasks to complete which are navigated with the help of a supportive and knowledgable tutor. To gain the CACHE Level 4 Certificate for the Advanced Practitioner in Schools and Colleges, students have to complete all of the assignments and there are no formal exams as everything is assessed either through practical methods or coursework.

For further information, go to: Qualification Code 603/2474/0.

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Study Time: 205 hours
Enrolment length: 12 months
Course Format: Online
Entry Requirements: Learners must be at least 18 years old and employed in a suitable role within a school or college. Previous Level 3 study is a clear advantage but wealth of experience, knowledge and understanding working in schools or colleges is a requirement for this qualification.

Upon completion of this qualification, students are awarded a CACHE Level 4 Advanced Practitioner in Schools and Colleges certificate and an OLC Certificate. All certification fees are included in your course fees.


All of our students are given access to our online campus through their own personal login and password. Once logged in you can access your course materials, lessons, resources and assignments in your own time. Assignments are uploaded through your account and the process is easy intuitive. Our online campus includes:

  • 24/7/365 access to all of your course materials- all lessons, assignments and resources are available from the moment you enrol
  • Instant access to your course after you enrol- start studying immediately!
  • Integrated chat and messaging systems so that you can contact your tutor
  • Online assignment uploads to save time in returning marks and feedback.
  • Links to further resources and information available on courses
  • Self-led learning on all courses- study in your own time and work through your assignments at your own pace
  • Safe e-portfolio of your work is kept under lock and key on our secure servers
  • Progress bar to show the work you have completed and how many tasks you still have to complete on your course
  • Detailed help centre with step-by-step instructions on getting the most from your course and how to upload assignments and contact your tutor


The CACHE Level 4 Certificate for the Advanced Practitioner in Schools and Colleges is a knowledge and skills based qualification. You therefore must have a job or voluntary placement in a school or college environment in order to complete this course. The course is assessed by both knowledge based written assignments, practical tasks (which are witnessed by a colleague) and a final project.


To pass this course learners must pass 4 written assignments, 1 project and 3 practical assignments. Once these have been read and marked by your personal tutor, feedback and marks are provided to students which contain helpful tips to improve work in future assignments.

Course Content

Included in this CACHE Level 4 Certificate for the Advanced Practitioner in Schools and Colleges course are the following units:

Unit 1 – Enabling individuals to learn

  • Learning Outcome 1 – Understand the roles and responsibilities of the Advanced Practitioner
  • Learning Outcome 2 – Understand the statutory educational frameworks in own UK home nation
  • Learning Outcome 3 – Understand the influence of the environment on learning in schools and colleges
  • Learning Outcome 4 – Understand monitoring and assessment in own school or college

Unit 2 – Understanding how to support children and young people to improve their mental health and well being

  • Learning Outcome 1 – Understand mental health and well- being in children and young people
  • Learning Outcome 2 – Understand the current legislation in relation to children and young people’s mental health in own UK home nation
  • Learning Outcome 3 – Understand how to support mental health and well- being of children and young people in schools and colleges

Unit 3 – Working with others to support individuals with additional needs and disability in a school or college setting

  • Learning Outcome 1 – Understand current frameworks for inclusive practice
  • Learning Outcome 2 – Understand provision related to children, young people and/or adults’ additional needs
  • Learning Outcome 3 – Understand the role and responsibilities of the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo)
  • Learning Outcome 4 – Understand factors which affect families who are caring for children, young people and/or adults with special educational needs or disabilities
  • Learning Outcome 5 – Understand own setting’s policies and procedures to support children, young people and/or adults with special educational needs or disabilities

Unit 4 – Working with families and other professionals in a school or college setting

  • Learning Outcome 1 – Understand requirements for partnership working in schools or colleges
  • Learning Outcome 2 – Understand the diverse needs of families and how these are addressed

Unit 5 – Implementing change in school or college setting

  • Learning Outcome 1 – Be able to plan a research project
  • Learning Outcome 2 – Be able to undertake a review of practice in own setting
  • Learning Outcome 3 – Be able to understand how to present findings to others


The most important tool that all of our students have at their disposal is their tutor. When studying for a course with us you are assigned a personal tutor with indepth knowledge and experience in your chosen subject.

You are strongly advised to make use of your tutors expertise and ask questions about the course content. Your assignments are marked by your personal tutor and detailed feedback is given. As well as this your tutor will provide you with pointers and advice on where you can improve- this helps you to get the most from your courses and constantly improve your skills.

Enrolment Length

All of our courses are allocated plenty of time for students to complete their studies and all materials are self-led so that you can complete the course at your own pace. Should you require additional time on one of our courses you can extend your enrolment by 30 days for an additional fee of £60.

As well as this we operate a 14 day money back guarantee on every one of our qualifications- that’s how confident we are of how you will love studying with us!


CACHE Certification

This qualification comes with Cache certification included at no additional cost. Cache are the UK’s leading awarding body in the care and education sectors and are work-renowned for the work which they do. Their courses are seen as an industry standard and many employers specifically request Cache certification when recruiting new people into a role.

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The Online Learning College are a Cache international centre and we work closely with subject specialists at the awarding body to create the best possible content for all of our qualifications. Since 1945, Cache have been working within the education and care sectors and have amassed a high amount of expertise and recognition for their work both at home and overseas.

You can read more about Cache by visiting their website.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the CACHE Level 4 Certificate for the Advanced Practitioner in Schools and Colleges Course regulated?

Yes this course is fully regulated through Ofqual which means it is recognised by all employers and linked to national standards. The course has qualification number 603/2474/0 and a total qualification time of 205 hours. CACHE are one of the largest awarding bodies in the UK and are now part of the NCFE brand. They have historically worked only in the education and care sectors and CACHE courses are seen as the leading brand for qualifications in education. This means that employers recognised these qualifications and they lead to a higher chance of employment.

Could I apply for HLTA jobs with this course?

Yes you can. This course is a Level 4 and is equivalent to a HLTA qualification so you can work as a Higher Level teaching Assistant (HLTA) once you have finished.

What is included in the cost of the CACHE Level 4 Certificate for the Advanced Practitioner in Schools and Colleges course?

The cost of this course includes everything needed to pass. Your lessons, tutor support and certification costs are all included in the price with no additional costs at any stage. Should you wish to buy paper versions of the course materials you can do so on the checkout for £35 extra but this is optional.

What entry requirements are there for this course?

You should only enrol on this course if you have a strong background working in schools and colleges. A previous Level 3 TA qualification is preferred but not essential.

How long do I have to study?

This Teaching Assistant course has an enrolment length of 12 months included from the date you enrol. This is plenty of time to complete the assignments but you can purchase additional time for £60 per month should you need longer to finish the assignments.

Do I have to sit an exam?

No, there are no exams on this course. Everything is assessed through coursework which you can submit at any time within the enrolment length. The coursework is split into written assignments, practical assessments and a project.

Am I assigned a tutor for this course?

Yes – all students are assigned to a personal tutor who will be in charge of your tuition. The same tutor marks all of your work as well as being available to answer any questions you may have throughout your enrolment period.

Do I need to be working to do the CACHE Level 4 Advanced Practitioner in Schools and Colleges?

Yes, you do need a work placement. This placement can be paid or voluntary. The placement will allow you to complete the practical aspects of the course which requires you to undertake certain activities and have a colleague sign a witness testimony to verify completion.

Can I speak to someone before I enrol?

Of course. Our helpful course advisors are on hand from 9am until 5pm Monday to Friday. Contact us on our online chat or by calling 0800 772 0887 to discuss this course.

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